Hip-hop is joining the online viral rallies against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) by protesting proposed legislation which could result in the Internet getting monitored by government.
Writing on Twitter, B.o.B. gave his opinion and provided a link for followers to get familiar with SOPA.
“I’m not usually into politics but …. this has gone too far… we have to fight for our freedom …. https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/,” he tweeted January 18th.
“How do you guys feel about this?”
“RT @EllieCrystal: Where do you stand on Congressional legislation censoring the Internet? <<< Aggressive Control"
“Think about it… All the information we obtain and all the people we communicate with via Internet… https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ #StrangeClouds”
“This a blow to the heart of the American people who have been able to put food on the table from the opportunities provided by web.” (B.o.B.’s Twitter)
West Coast rapper Kreayshawn also voiced her stance on SOPA.
“#StopSOPA #STOPSOPA #stopsopa,” she tweeted January 18th.
“Don’t let the government take away our power to share art, music, creativity and individualism. #StopSOPA”
“Alot of you might be seeing this #SOPA thing and not understand it but watch this simple video and SPRED THE WORD!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rBiZC2gFoY8# !”
“#stopsopa don’t let the Internet become a television.” (Kreayshawn’s Twitter)
Even rap veteran MC Hammer got involved with the anti-SOPA protests.
MC Hammer was one of the biggest draws at the San Francisco rally, and took the opportunity to speak as a musician who has also been part of the traditional media industry. “We don’t want people who spend their days legislating trying to control creativity,” he said. “I speak on behalf of a lot of artists … who would like to be able to continue to utilize the valuable tools that the Internet has brought.” (Wall Street Journal)
While popular sites like Wikipedia have shown their issues with SOPA, the bill heads to the Senate next week.
Sites like Wikipedia, Reddit and Oh No They Didn’t have gone dark in protest. Other sites, such as Google, continue to run today, but have blacked out their logo in support of stopping SOPA. The bill goes to the Senate on January 24, though the Internet blackout seems to have already influenced some members of Congress — PIPA co-sponsor Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pulled his name from the bill Wednesday, a day after SOPA co-sponsor Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle pulled his name. Senators from Utah and Missori also announced that they would no longer be supporting the bill. (Idolator)